MLS won’t take ‘international’ break
Major League Soccer will play again during World Cup qualifying but with a reduced schedule.
Three games each are scheduled during the June and September international fixture periods and two in October. National teams have the right to players during those dates, meaning MLS clubs may be without stars. MLS will break between July 6 and 19 for the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Graham Taylor, who was derided as England coach after failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, has died. Mr. Taylor enjoyed considerable success as an English club manager for Aston Villa and Watford. He was 72.
Francois “Swat” Van der Elst, who won club titles in Belgium and the United States (with the Cosmos) and made it to the 1980 European Championship final with the Belgian national soccer team, has died. He was 62.
With the top pick in the National Women’s Soccer League college draft Thursday, the Boston Breakers selected Rose Lavelle out of Wisconsin.